Wisconsin No Call List: Sign-up Aug 31 (or re-sign-up) to be included on Oct 1 list

August 31, 2009

Dear Neighbors,

I am writing to let you know that August 31 is the final day to sign up for Wisconsin’s No Call List in order to be included on the list by October 1st, 2009.

Since 2003, Wisconsin residents have been able to indicate that they are someone who does not wish to be contacted by telemarketers.  The service is free, and is available to all Wisconsinites.  Adding your name to the list will help reduce the number of calls you receive, but may not eliminate them completely.

Also, as of last year, cellular telephone numbers may be included on the list!

For more information and to sign up online visit the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection website at https://nocall.wisconsin.gov/web/home.asp <https://nocall.wisconsin.gov/web/home.asp> or give them a call toll free at 1-866-9NO-CALL (1-866-966-2255).

As always, please let me know if you have any questions or comments about this or any other issue.  Visit my website at www.jonrichards.org <http://www.jonrichards.org/> or email me at Rep.Richards@legis.wi.gov <mailto:Rep.Richards@legis.wi.gov> .  It is my pleasure to serve you, please stay in touch.


Representative Jon Richards

19th Assembly District

Notebook: Back to school

August 29, 2009

A survey of local schools

To provide readers with a survey of local schools, we asked local school principals to answer three questions about their schools in 300 words: What makes your school unique? What are a few things people don’t know about your school that you’d like them to know? What is your vision for the future for your school in five years? Answers were edited for space and clarity. In May, the Compass invited principals of all Bay View schools to respond by June 30. Those schools whose responses were received by the deadline are included here. »Read more

4-H on the South Shore

August 29, 2009

By Sheila Julson

Learn by doing–that’s the philosophy over 6 million young Americans experienced this past year as members of 4-H.

Historically and stereotypically a rural organization, rural youth now make up a minority of 4-H participants nationally, with 30 percent of 4-Hers living in big cities or suburbs and 22 percent in cities over 10,000. In 2006, four families founded the South Shore 4-H club in Bay View. Today it meets monthly at the Beulah Brinton Community Center and serves 20 kids from nine families.

This photo was taken by South Shore 4-H member Rachel Barker as a photography project. It advanced to the Wisconsin State Fair. ~photo Rachel Barker

This photo was taken by South Shore 4-H member Rachel Barker as a photography project. It advanced to the Wisconsin State Fair. ~photo Rachel Barker

“I like 4-H because there are so many projects to choose from. Everyone can find something that suits them,” said Allie Barker, 12, who with her sister Rachel, 14, is a member of South Shore 4-H.

Allie’s recent projects included a framed picture created by quilling–folding fabric into little cylindrical forms–in the shape of flowered hearts and a sewing project where she made pajama pants. Rachel’s projects included photography–she snapped an artistic photo of Miller Park reflected in a fan’s sunglasses.

“My favorite part of 4-H is making projects to enter into the county fair for judging,” said Rachel, whose photo was shown at the Milwaukee County Junior Fair in July and won the honor of advancing to the Wisconsin State Fair for the next round of judging.

The Barker family is one of the original founding families of South Shore 4-H, along with the Boyle, Marek, and McInnes families.

South Shore 4-H club displays festive boxes of small toys, school supplies, and gifts compiled for a Christmas project. The boxes were then shipped to destitute children overseas.

South Shore 4-H club displays festive boxes of small toys, school supplies, and gifts compiled for a Christmas project. The boxes were then shipped to destitute children overseas.

Laura Barker, Rachel and Allie’s mother, said sometimes it’s a challenge to make people aware of what 4-H is, and that it’s not just a rural-based organization. “Some people don’t even know what 4-H is,” said Barker. “It’s nice to get the word out. It’s a nice club for both boys and girls.”

How 4-H Works

Each October, 4-H clubs sign up to work on projects their kids find of interest. How many and which ones depend on what kids want to do. Over the next nine months, they meet four to six times with volunteer adult project leaders, experts in a field who teach a hands-on skill.

Using what they’ve learned, 4-Hers then complete a final crafted piece demonstrating their mastery or document their experience via a poster. These projects are displayed at the local county fair, where they receive a ribbon and may advance to the state fair.

As kids get older, they may work on the same projects but at a more sophisticated level. Eventually, they may become youth leaders, teaching what they’ve learned by mentoring younger 4-H members or assisting adult project leaders.

Ruby Hopton working with the Urban Horse Project.

Ruby Hopton working with the Urban Horse Project.

In 2009, the South Shore 4-H club pursued several project areas. In arts & communication, kids did arts & crafts, scrapbooking, and photography projects. In family home & health, they sewed clothing. In mechanical sciences, they carved wood, built scale models, and even built two small engines.

The material results included a dress, poncho, rubber-stamped scrapbook, model horses, a carved bird, and motors for a go-kart and mini-bike.

The intangible results are the reason 4-H was founded–personal development of head, heart, hands, and health.

“As a child it inspired me to learn a lot of life-long skills, survival skills, that kids do not learn today such as sewing, cooking, woodworking,” said Sue Boyle, a member of 4-H as a youth. Her children, Mitchell, 12, and Samantha, 14, have been active in 4-H for four years, currently in South Shore 4-H.

“It’s as fun-filled as a cream puff from the fair,” quipped Samantha Boyle. Added Mitchell, “I like to compete at the fair to see how good you can do.”

Experiential Opportunities

Ruby Hopton working with the Urban Horse Project.

Ruby Hopton working with the Urban Horse Project.

Some kids take 4-H-organized national trips to destinations such as Washington, D.C., where they meet with policymakers and tour the monuments. Upon return, they demonstrate what they’ve learned by engaging in role-playing to make a policy and get it passed.

4-H has a presence all over the globe. Sue Boyle said South Shore 4-H is considering a foreign exchange program with 4-H kids in Japan as one of their future activities.

Last year for a service project, “Operation Christmas Child,” South Shore 4-H collected small gifts and school supplies and shipped them in decorated shoeboxes to destitute children overseas.

South Shore 4-H also served as bell ringers for the Salvation Army and made hats for the poor.

While urban clubs typically don’t have the opportunity to work with crops or animal husbandry like their rural counterparts, Laura Barker said South Shore 4-H benefited from the Urban Horse Project, which involved learning the characteristics and care of horses. Some urban animal projects have involved smaller animals like dogs and cats.

4-H is administered by the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, with the mission of “engaging youth to reach their fullest potential while advancing the field of youth development.” Founded in 1902, it has its origins in corn clubs for boys and tomato-canning clubs for girls.

Project leader Ron Nelson giving a demo on wood turning. 4-H today focuses on citizenship, healthy living, and places a new emphasis on science, engineering, and technology programs. Youth from ages 5 to 19 participate in approximately 90,000 coed clubs nationwide.

Michelle Gonzalez, 4-H program coordinator for the Milwaukee County UW-Extension, said 4-H has had a presence in Milwaukee County for 81 years and presently has 11 charter clubs.

Expanding the membership pool is one of the main goals of 4-H, Gonzalez said.

Events like monthly Explore 4-H Saturdays, held at the main office on the county grounds at 9501 W. Watertown Plank Rd. in Wauwatosa, allow young people to see what 4-H is like and to participate in different activities like juggling and ceramics. Gonzalez said the 4-H presence at the Wisconsin State Fair also generates interest in the organization, and the office receives inquiry calls after the fair’s run.

Gonzalez said even if there is no current project kids are interested in, they can create one and make it what they want, involving hands-on learning experiences, teamwork, and citizenship skills–the hallmarks of the program.

She stressed the emphasis on science, technology, and rocketry projects, as well as theater arts.

“4-H projects have been adapted to different life skills that transcend rural life,” Gonzalez said.

4-H Pledge

“I Pledge my Head to clearer thinking,
my Heart to greater loyalty,
my Hands to larger service,
and my Health to better living,
for my club, my community, my country, and my world.”

An Affair with Fairs

This year, South Shore 4-H children showed their projects at the Milwaukee County Junior Fair, held at the Waukesha County Fair grounds in July 2009. In 2010, Milwaukee 4-H members are invited to display at the Milwaukee County Junior Fair held next September at the Wisconsin State Fair grounds; qualifying projects will be displayed at the 2011 State Fair.

4-H projects must be entered and judged at the county fair level before they can advance to the Wisconsin State Fair. 4-H members and other youth may also participate in the Open Class Fair held at Wisconsin State Fair Park grounds Sept. 25-27.

4-H at Bay View Bash

4-H will also have a booth at the Bay View Bash, hosted by South Shore 4-H and Terese Peterson, who will demonstrate recycling projects for kids, such as how to make potholders from old T-shirts on weaving looms. Peterson said the project is reminiscent of the children’s potholder kits with metal looms and fabric loops, which are woven into square designs. The T-shirts will be cut into loops and woven through a large loom.

Peterson said used T-shirts are needed for the weaving demonstration. Donations can be dropped off at the 4-H offices. 4-H Thursdays

4-H projects on display at the Bay View Library. 4-H Thursdays

In October 2006, Terese Peterson started another local 4-H club, named the Bay View Samplers. Though they won’t be renewing their charter this fall, Peterson remains active in 4-H as a project leader.

She hosts Explore 4-H Thursdays and helps with Explore 4-H Saturdays, both at the county grounds. The Thursday event is adapted to the schedules of home-schooled children, and upcoming projects will involve building birdhouses. Another scheduled project is “dismantling things,” Peterson said. Small appliances such as toasters and inkjet printers will be taken apart for children to study the mechanics and inner workings.

To Start a Chapter or Volunteer

The 4-H main office is located at 9501 W. Watertown Plank Rd. in building A on the Milwaukee County Grounds. Those interested in starting a 4-H club can submit their goals and an education plan for consideration and to use the name and clover emblem.

Adult volunteers are welcome as project leaders. Adults need not be formally trained educators, but must consent to a background check and attend orientation and training to provide a safe environment for everyone, Gonzalez said. Interested parties can contact the main office at (414) 256-4626.

Photos courtesy South Shore 4-H

A day in the life of the Neeskay

August 28, 2009

Story & Photos by Jennifer Yauck

Click to view slideshow.

The Neeskay. The name Neeskay comes from the Ho-Chunk language and means “pure, clean water.” The 71-foot boat has been helping researchers study the Great Lakes since 1970. It operates year round. ~photo Geoff Anderson (While viewing the slideshow, you may click on a photo to read it’s corresponding caption.)

“One long blast! Cover your ears!” shouted Captain Greg Stamatelakys, sounding the Neeskay‘s horn and steering the 71-foot research boat from its dock at the Great Lakes WATER Institute (GLWI) into the Kinnickinnic River. It was a sunny August morning in Milwaukee, just past 9:15am according to the nearby Allen-Bradley clock. The Neeskay, painted black with a diagonal yellow stripe across its bow, was heading out for another day of research on Lake Michigan.

The cruise‘s main mission: collect data and samples at a site 12 miles northeast of Fox Point, Wis. Like most research on the water, this cruise required the help of many hands. Scientists Carmen Aguilar and Russell Cuhel led the day’s research activities. Tyler, a technician, and Jeremy, a student intern, assisted them. Geoff, an engineer, and Jim, a deckhand, were along to help the captain with boat duties.

A research buoy near Atwater Beach, as seen through a porthole aboard the Neeskay. ~photo Jennifer Yauck

A research buoy near Atwater Beach, as seen through a porthole aboard the Neeskay. ~photo Jennifer Yauck


The group had prepared for the trip earlier in the morning, loading gear and groceries onto the boat. As the cruise got underway, they talked about the weather and the day’s plan, and labeled the empty bottles and vials that water samples would go into later.

Just after departing, the Neeskay made two quick stops near the Hoan Bridge, where Milwaukee’s major rivers meet and flow into Lake Michigan. There, the researchers used a bucket to grab water samples for scientist Sandra McLellan, who stayed behind to collect additional samples at area beaches. Later, McLellan would check all the samples for bacteria washed in by the rainfall of the past three days.

Tyler pulls up a water sample near the junction of Milwaukee’s rivers. ~photo Jennifer Yauck

Tyler pulls up a water sample near the junction of Milwaukee’s rivers. ~photo Jennifer Yauck

The boat then followed the Lake Michigan shoreline north, stopping at several other sites to collect more water samples for McLellan. Along the way, the Neeskay passed two research buoys its crew had deployed from the boat’s stern earlier in the year. Bobbing in the blue-green water at sites off Bradford and Atwater beaches, the buoys continuously transmit weather and water data by radio back to scientists at GLWI, helping them study long-term lake trends.

Back in the pilothouse, Captain Greg next pointed the Neeskay toward the day’s main destination, the Fox Point site. This is one of several sites Carmen and Russell regularly visit to study how the lake’s physical and chemical properties affect plankton, the tiny plants and animals that support the lake’s food web. Cruising at 11 miles an hour, the ship took over an hour to get to there. In the meantime, everyone took turns grabbing lunch in the galley below deck.

Though small, the galley contains all the kitchen essentials: a sink, a refrigerator and microwave, a table and chairs. It also contains bunk beds where crew members can sleep during overnight cruises. Beyond the galley, in the Neeskay‘s bow, are two more sets of bunks and a tiny bathroom. These spaces once held Army cargo: built in 1953, the boat served as an Army T-boat before being converted for research use.

Standing on the boat’s “hero” platform, Jeremy retrieves a Niskin bottle filled with water. ~photo Jennifer Yauck

Standing on the boat’s “hero” platform, Jeremy retrieves a Niskin bottle filled with water. ~photo Jennifer Yauck


“On station!” yelled Captain Greg when the Neeskay finally reached the Fox Point site. As Geoff dropped the anchor into the 105-meter-deep (345 feet) water, all hands gathered on deck, ready for more work.

One of the first tasks was to measure the water’s clarity. Leaning over the boat’s side, Carmen lowered a device called a Secchi disk into the water by hand until she could no longer see it. “Eighteen meters,” she said, announcing the depth (59 feet) at which the black-and-white disk disappeared and recording it in her notebook.

Meanwhile, Russell and Jeremy worked to collect water samples from various lake depths. The two took turns climbing out onto the hero platform protruding from the Neeskay‘s starboard side and attaching Niskin bottles to a cable. Using a winch, Jim then lowered and raised the bottles on the researcher’s signals. Tyler helped transfer the collected water into storage jugs.

Russell reviews data on the computer in the Neeksay’s lab as Tyler and Jeremy look on. ~photo Jennifer Yauck

Russell reviews data on the computer in the Neeksay’s lab as Tyler and Jeremy look on. ~photo Jennifer Yauck

The group also used the hero platform and winch cable to deploy nets to collect plankton, sensors to record water quality data, and metal PONAR jaws to scoop mud and organisms from the lake bottom. They took other measurements at the site, too-of things like temperature and light penetration-with hand-held equipment lowered over the boat’s side.

On some cruises, Carmen and Russell also deploy a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) from the stern of the Neeskay. Outfitted with a camera, the ROV can collect samples and film underwater video. On other Neeskay cruises, divers manually collect samples or perform maintenance on equipment such as buoys.

Several hours after arriving, the group had completed its work at Fox Point. “Milwaukee Harbor, north!” Russell shouted up to the captain, who began steering the Neeskay back inland to make a few more quick stops to collect additional data.

During the return trip, the researchers cleaned and packed their gear, and began processing some of their water samples in the boat’s lab, squeezing them through filter paper to remove particles and tiny organisms. Eventually, they took seats on the deck and watched the city skyline come closer on the horizon.

The hands of the Allen-Bradley clock showed 6pm as the Neeskay docked at GLWI and everyone helped unload the boat. Back at their lab, Carmen and Russell worked into the evening analyzing their samples. Over the next week, their staff helped them complete more analyses. Meanwhile, the Neeskay headed out for more scientific missions on the water.

Jennifer Yauck is a science writer at the Great Lakes WATER Institute. GLWI (glwi.uwm.edu) is the largest academic freshwater research facility on the Great Lakes. Teachers can contact her at yauck@uwm.edu.


  • Bow – front of boat
  • Cruise – an outing by boat
  • Food web – the feeding relationships between organisms in an ecosystem
  • Galley – boat’s kitchen
  • Hands – crew members
  • Hero platform – platform protruding from the side of the boat, so named because work performed there can be perilous
  • Niskin bottle – a tube-like bottle with two open ends that snap shut at a desired depth, trapping water inside
  • PONAR – sampling device named for the five people who invented it: Charles Powers, Robert Ogle, Jr., Vincent Noble, John Ayers, and Andrew Robertson
  • Port – left side of boat (when facing forward)
  • ROV – remotely operated vehicle
  • Secchi disk – a disk used to measure water clarity by noting the greatest depth at which it can be seen
  • Starboard – right side of boat (when facing forward)
  • Stern – back of boat
  • T-boat – small army boat that transfers cargo from larger ships to shore

Additional Photos

Carmen filters samples in the Neeskay’s lab. ~photo Jennifer Yauck Jeremy and Carmen check out the plankton Russell collected. ~photo Jennifer Yauck

This is a rendering of what the next, new research boat may look like. ~courtesy GLWI

This is a rendering of what the next, new research boat may look like. ~courtesy GLWI

Click here to view a slideshow that includes nearly 40 photographs. While viewing the slideshow, you may click on a photo to read it’s corresponding caption.

KK abloom

August 28, 2009

Text by Catherine Jozwik, Photos by Ken Mobile

A handful of Bay View businesses have planted and maintained gardens, for both aesthetic reasons and as a sustainable food source. For some businesses, keeping a garden is not a new idea. Here are six bright spots along Kinnickinnic Avenue.  »Read more

Pryor family and farm

August 27, 2009

By Anna Passante

For sale 10,000 of the best selected fruit trees, together with an extensive assortment of currant and raspberry bushes, shrubs and ornamental trees all prime order…” reported the Milwaukee Daily Gazette Dec. 5, 1845. Phillip Pryor, a resident of Buffalo, N.Y., had shipped these nursery items from New York to Milwaukee with the intention of selling them to area farmers.

Elizabeth and William’s grave monument in the Forest Mound Cemetery in the city of Waupun. ~photo Anna Passante

Elizabeth and William’s grave monument in the Forest Mound Cemetery in the city of Waupun. ~photo Anna Passante

Pryor must have taken a liking to Milwaukee. The following November, 26-year-old Pryor and his new bride, 17-year-old Elizabeth Mary Sharp Pryor, purchased 37 acres from John Ogden for $600 in Lake Township (in the area now known as Bay View). Their farm roughly bordered Lake Michigan and E. Ontario, E. Iron, and S. Clement streets.

The Pryors built a cabin from timber on the property and carried water from a spring near the present Pryor Avenue iron well. Phillip and Elizabeth had four children: Phillip M. (1848), Catherine “Kate” (1849), William J. (1851), and Daniel S. (1852).

In June 1852, Phillip, Sr. died at the age of 32 while visiting Rochester, N.Y., cause of death unknown. Since there was no will, the children inherited the estate with Elizabeth retaining dower rights.

Four years later, Phillip’s younger brother, William Robert Pryor, moved to Lake Township from New York and married his sister-in-law, Elizabeth. Their marriage produced six children: Sarah (1858), Edward W. (1860), George T. (1861), Abraham Lincoln (1862), Lismun (1864), and Robert (1867).

Close-up of inscription of Elizabeth Pryor. ~photo Anna Passante

Close-up of inscription of Elizabeth Pryor. ~photo Anna Passante

The Pryor farm was described in an 1866 document as having two houses, a barn, a shed, plus “a garden spot with a fine nursery and asparagus bed.” The nursery produced apples over 12 inches in circumference, weighing 15 ounces. “As long as we see such convincing proofs of this, we cannot be led to believe that our soil and climate are not adapted to fruit growing,” opined the Milwaukee Sentinel in an Oct. 18, 1866 issue.

In 1871, the original Phillip Pryor farm was subdivided among the three sons of Elizabeth’s first marriage. (Kate had died in May 1856 at the age of 6 of brain congestion.) Phillip got eight acres, William nine acres, and Daniel 21 acres.

Despite getting the smallest area, as the eldest son’s land was considered most valuable. In a memoir published in the May 1980 issue of the Bay View Historian, Abraham Pryor’s son, George R. Pryor, said, “As quality and value of the property were major factors in the division, it is obvious that Phillip received the most desirable lot.”

Pryor well. ~courtesy Bay View Historical Society

Pryor well. ~courtesy Bay View Historical Society

Six weeks after the subdivision of lots, on March 27, 1871, Phillip sold his land to the Milwaukee Iron Co. for $10,300. At the time, Philip was living Waupun, Wis. and was the editor of the Waupun Times. Around this time, Pryor Avenue was platted. His parents Elizabeth and William R. Pryor continued to live on Pryor land, on property owned by William J. Pryor.

Elizabeth M. Pryor, 48, died in June 1876, cause of death unknown. William Robert Pryor, 52, died in November 1876 of typhoid fever. Both were buried in Waupun. Elizabeth and William’s children, ranging in age from 9 to 18, moved to Waupun to live with relatives. Lismun lived with his half-brother Phillip, Robert with a cousin, Edward attended the Wisconsin State University in Madison, and Sarah attended the University of Whitewater.

Abraham returned to Bay View in 1880 and worked at the rolling mill. He lived with Henry Lenck, co-owner of Lenck Hardware. From 1907 to 1909, Abraham lived at 2574 S. Shore Dr. with his wife, Olive, and sons, George R. and William H.

Abraham Lincoln Pryor in 1886 at age 24.

Abraham Lincoln Pryor in 1886 at age 24.

In his memoir, George R. recalled, “In our yard above the lake were two apple trees, which had been in the farm nursery when my father was a boy.”

In 1910, Abraham moved his family to West Allis. They were the last of the original Pryors to live in Bay View.

Many of Elizabeth’s children at one point left Wisconsin. William was a fruit farmer in Stanton, Neb. and in Mesa County, Colo.; Phillip was an editor in Garner Township, Iowa; Daniel was a truck farmer in Garner Township, Iowa; Robert was an abstractor in Foster, N.D.; George was a physician in Sheffield, Pa.; and Edward was a schoolteacher in Mesa County, Colo.

The original Pryor homestead was razed. George R. recalled that the original Pryor home “was built on the lake bluff at the high point of the property,” probably at the site of present-day 2608 S. Shore Dr.

In 1964, the late Bill and Lois Rehberg built a home at 2596 S. Shore Dr. According to Bay View resident John Ebersol, Lois’ mother, Meta Lawrie, claimed that some of the Pryor children had been buried on the property, and she was concerned that the graves of the Pryor children would be disturbed when the sewer lateral was laid for the new house. However, no bodies were uncovered.

The three Pryor sons divided the farm in 1871, and this is the section that was allocated to Philip M. Pryor. From Milwaukee County Courthouse Register of Deeds, dated 1871; note that Lake Street is now Shore Drive; Michigan is now Wentworth.

The three Pryor sons divided the farm in 1871, and this is the section that was allocated to Philip M. Pryor. From Milwaukee County Courthouse Register of Deeds, dated 1871; note that Lake Street is now Shore Drive; Michigan is now Wentworth.

Three questions for the new superintendent

August 27, 2009

By Jay Bullock

I have often said the only constant in MPS is change; that’s a bit of a simplification. One of the things you might expect to change a lot, based on past experience and what goes on in urban districts around the country, has actually remained constant: current Superintendent William Andrekopoulos is in his eighth and final year in that position.

Now, who gets to choose his successor, that’s the up-in-the-air part. The current elected school board, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, the governor, State Superintendent Tony Evers, the Sorting Hat from Hogwarts-all seem like reasonable guesses at this point.

It probably won’t be me. However, that isn’t stopping me from wanting to ask questions of potential candidates.

1. Why Milwaukee? Our last two superintendents have been promoted from within, both principals of successful district schools. Indications are that the search for a new one will be national, with the hopes of landing a game-changer or a rainmaker or some other optimistic cliché for the job. This is no small thing. MPS faces some significant challenges over the next few years: state sanctions, embarrassing test scores, the nation’s largest achievement gap between white and minority students, a looming financial crisis of unprecedented size, disengaged parents, rampant poverty.  »Read more

Do you support mayoral takeover of the Milwaukee Public School District? Why or why not?

August 27, 2009

Interviews & Photos by Michael Timm

Mary Jill Johnson ~photo Michael Timm

“I don’t think so. ‘Cause basically they’re elected by the people, right? And if I don’t elect them, they don’t have to be accountable to me. And I want them to be accountable.”

-Mary Jill Johnson, Logan Avenue

Paul Marshall ~photo Michael Timm

“No. I think he’s got enough on his plate right now, without the added burden. And we should make them more responsible-the school board-more responsible, more answerable to the voters in the first place.”

-Paul Marshall, Homer Street

Derek Pangallo ~photo Michael Timm

“The way I figure it, he can do what he wants. Me, I don’t give a damn.”

-Derek Pangallo, Potter Avenue

George Janusiak ~photo Michael Timm

“Ah, geez, that’s a hard question. Everyone’s got their own thoughts about that. And it all depends upon what his plans are. And if he can give some kind of an outline on it, well then I would know more about it. But he’s not really-all they’re saying is what they want done. But nobody’s come out with a concrete plan yet. And I don’t see, either way, how it’s going to help unless people sit down and bargain it out, or however they want to do it. That’s all I got to say, because nobody’s come up with a concrete plan to save our beautiful school system. See, I’m 50 years old. I went to Humboldt Park, I went to Fritsche, and I went to Bay View. Schools were beautiful back then. I wouldn’t waste my time going to school [today] because all I see is a bunch of little kids going there now, starting fights. It wasn’t like that when I was a kid. [Schools today need] A lot more security. I think [also] a few more foot patrols down in this area [Kinnickinnic Avenue], and over at the technical school [Bradley Tech] too. ‘Cause I think that’s where they got most of their problems. But about the takeover, don’t know too much about it yet, and like I said, unless somebody comes up with some kind of concrete plan.”

-George Janusiak, First & National

Wilfredo Rosa ~photo Michael Timm

“Yes. Why? Just because it looks like having a political figure will help MPS instead of hurt them. I support it.”

-Wilfredo Rosa (holding Jonah, 1), Dover Street

Green upscale apartments planned for Lincoln

August 27, 2009

By Katherine Keller

Click to view the illustrations as a PDF. ~courtesy Kubala Washatko Architects, Inc.

Bay View may soon be the site of a 32-unit apartment building that developer Steve Lindner said will be one of the largest green developments in the Midwest.

The project is to be constructed on vacant land at the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Ward Street, part of a 6.5-acre parcel Lindner owns that includes a former Harnishfeger foundry. Sweet Water Organics, Inc. is located in one of the existing buildings at 2121 S. Robinson Ave.

The current design spans four stories with 32 units ranging from 800 to 1,200 square feet with underground and surface parking. Each unit is two stories, with two or three bedrooms.

Lindner plans to begin construction in early spring 2010 with occupancy in fall 2010.

Citywide Development, LLC–owned by Steve Lindner, his wife Tosha Lindner, and his sister Deb Lindner–has contracted Cedarburg-based Kubala Washatko Architects, Inc. (TKWA), a firm nationally recognized for its sustainable design. Among the firm’s local projects are the Urban Ecology Center on Milwaukee’s East Side; the Iron Horse Hotel, Sixth and Florida streets; Alterra Corporate Headquarters, Riverwest; and the Schlitz Audubon Center in Bayside.

TKWA lead architect Jim Read said a project goal is to “bring the building to as close to zero energy consumption as possible,” which means the development would produce the same amount of energy it consumes.  »Read more

Mystery Building—Bay View Red Cat Academy

August 27, 2009

By Catherine Jozwik

On the southeast corner of Russell Avenue and Lenox Street sits a neoclassical building with an odd, an architecturally dissonant addition to its west and north faces. ~photo Michael Timm

~photo Michael Timm

On the southeast corner of Russell Avenue and Lenox Street sits a neoclassical building with an odd, an architecturally dissonant addition to its west and north faces.

After the city of Milwaukee had allotted $30,000 in bonds for the construction of libraries, the Llewellyn Public Library, 907 E. Russell Ave., was built in 1914. It was designed by architect Van Ryn and DeGelleke on a site donated by Silas J. and John T. Llewellyn. The building was remodeled and received a new addition in 1959. In 1993, the Llewellyn Library closed its doors, replaced by the Bay View Library at 2566 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.

Bay View High School started leasing the space from the city in 1995 for its Red Cat Academy. The academy used to hold classes for freshman and sophomore students in both the construction and Junior ROTC programs, but due to budget constraints, the academy was closed for the 2007-08 school year.

Currently, the Red Cat Academy houses a program teaching life and job skills to overage students, ages 18-21, after they graduate. Students can also earn credits for doing volunteer work.  »Read more

Loosen tree border planting restrictions

August 27, 2009

Editorial by Josef Bieniek

~photo Michael Timm

Josef Bieniek’s native plantings at the southwest corner of Bremen and Townsend streets are too tall for the city of Milwaukee. The Forestry Division asked him to cut most of his plants down to 24 inches by Sept. 4 to comply with a city ordinance passed in March. Bieniek is circulating a petition to change the 24-inch height restriction to “approximately 36 inches.” ~photo Michael Timm

Just what is a garden? For some it’s a lawn and perhaps a few “traditional” horticultural plants like marigolds, petunias, or geraniums along with the ubiquitous foundation shrubs of yew and juniper highlighting a building rather than the landscape.

For others, including me, gardens are an opportunity to participate in a deeper process-to nurture and be nurtured by a part of the natural world. Gardens offer a spiritual high, alleviating the stresses and anxieties of urban living without recourse to addictive substances or mind-numbing behaviors.

Gardens with native plantings, as opposed to lawns which are essentially sterile deserts, become microscopic ecosystems. These pearls of the emerald chain of this Earth also provide other environmental services. They retain and absorb rainwater, reducing the risk of flooding. They create habitat, attracting and feeding butterflies, bees, dragonflies, and those sweet goldfinches. They even cool down our neighborhoods in summer.

Because they perform these beneficial services, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District promotes rain gardens. National Wildlife Federation certifies residential yards that provide wildlife habitat. And cities like Portland, Seattle, and our neighbor Chicago are encouraging their residents to plant on the so-called parkways-the area between the sidewalk and the street (in Milwaukee, they’re known as tree borders).  »Read more

New laundry reduces water consumption

August 27, 2009

By Katherine Keller

Maytag Coin Laundry, 2510 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., opened Friday, Aug. 14.

Located in the building formerly occupied by Electique on the corner of KK and Homer, owner Steve Ste. Marie hopes to attract green-conscious customers with his state-of-the-art laundry facility, which incorporates environmentally friendly elements.

Energy-efficient appliances including hot dryers and high-speed front and top washers are featured, Ste. Marie said. He said the front loaders use 13.5 gallons per wash, and the top loaders 24 gallons. He noted that older top loaders use 34 gallons per wash. The Consumer Reports website states that some older top loaders use as many as 45 gallons.

The front loaders possess super-fast extractors that remove a large quantity of water, reducing the amount of drying time required. Ste. Marie said the washers employ an inverter drive that improves energy efficiency by eliminating electrical spikes that occur as a wash cycle changes from wash to extract.  »Read more

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